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Buy Online The Yardbirds - The Yardbirds (Roger The Engineer) Super Deluxe Limited Edition

The Yardbirds,(often known as ‘roger the engineer’) recorded by the classic line up of Jeff Beck, Keith Relf , Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell Smith, the band began exploring new sonic territories, pushing their blues rock sound into the realms of the avant garde, psychedelia and indian music. Using the original tapes, this super deluxe edition features new and definitive remastering by Phil Kinrade at alchemy mastering at air, overseen by original album producer Paul Samwell Smith,

Both versions include: Yardbirds in mono remastered from the original British ¼” mono master tapes, newly transferred for this release at Abbey Road Studios. pressed on 180g blue vinyl, housed in a replica of the original British album sleeve. Yardbirds in stereo considered by producer Paul Samwell Smith to be the definitive version of the album, the stereo mix has been remastered from the ¼” master tapes which were newly transferred for this release at alchemy mastering at air. pressed on 180g red vinyl, housed in a replica of the ultra rare German sleeve.

Happenings ten years time ago 7” the classic psychedelic single (featuring future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) has been newly remastered for this release. pressed on white vinyl.

3 cds featuring the mono and stereo mixes of the album on cds 1 and 2 and bonus tracks on cd 3. highlights on cd 3 include newly remastered non album singles, rare alternate versions, and a previously unreleased early mix of ‘Turn Into Earth’ which reveals a searing guitar solo by Jeff Beck. 24 page 12” x 12” booklet includes rare memorabilia and photographs, an exclusive introduction by Jeff Beck, testimonials by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and MC5’s Wayne Kramer, plus an extensive essay and track by track liner notes by David French based on new interviews with Jimmy Page, Paul Samwell Smith, Jim McCarty and Simon Napier Bell. A2 fold out poster inspired by the original ‘over, under, sideways, down’ single release advertisement.

“Remastering this album has been a joy. To hear the tracks sounding just as we heard them all those years ago while we were recording them – energetic, edgy, and in your face – is an unexpected treat. In 1966, it was a rare and exciting opportunity to be given a recording studio for 5 days and allowed to experiment. That excitement still shows.” – Paul Samwell-Smith.

“This is what rock ‘n’ roll beauty is – the true freedom of creative impulse.” – Thurston Moore

“The Yardbirds produced some of the most compelling musical art of the 20th century.” – Wayne Kramer

180g standard black 2lp + 3cd + 7″ (24 page booklet, a2 fold out poster)

The Yardbirds “Roger the Engineer” super deluxe box set released on Demon Records

The Yardbirds – Roger The Engineer (RSD20 Expanded Edition: White Vinyl)

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top five of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton at No. 2, Page at No. 3, and Beck at No. 5).

A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, the Yardbirds had a hand in many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, “fuzztone” distortion and improved amplification. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that The Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

The bulk of the band’s most successful self-written songs came from bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith who, with singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja, constituted the core of the group. The band reformed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty, Dreja and new members. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They were included in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.

Available exclusively to RSD2020, ‘Roger The Engineer’ is the 1966 studio album by The Yardbirds. Featured in both Rolling Stone‘s list of the ‘500 greatest albums of all time’ and Robert Dimery’s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.  Recorded by the classic era line up of Jeff Beck, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith, the band began exploring new sonic territories, pushing their blues-rock sound into the realms of avant-garde, psychedelia and Indian music.

This newly expanded edition includes the classic studio album on LP1 and a collection of 1966 rare studio recordings on LP2, housed together in an alternate sleeve inspired by an ultra-rare 1966 EP cover. Among the highlights are the vocal track from “Ever Since The World Began” and an earlier version of “Farewell,” both of which are previously unreleased.

Technically this album is a re-release. But the very rare 1971 original was so poorly mixed—and trashed up with obviously ersatz crowd noise from bullfights, no less—that Jimmy Page had it deleted. (With help from Peter Grant’s The Song Remains the Same mobster hit squad perhaps?) Page’s mega-potent remix is revelatory: a reminder of the wrecking-ball force that original Yardbirds Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and Keith Relf put behind Page’s white-hot and unhinged Telecaster flurries, and a startling peek at Zep’s origins. (“Dazed and Confused,” for example, is well on it’s way to becoming the Zeppelin version, but more feral here). There’s heaps of raging Telecaster and Tone Bender fire. (The sickest Page tone, in my book.) A second disc of abandoned studio sessions reveals other possible Yardbirds tangents later made whole by Zep, including a beautiful, breezy, California canyon-tinged take on “Tangerine.” This was easily the rock record I listened to most this year—especially on Friday and Saturday nights, when the neighbours had no reasonable expectation of quiet.

Setlist :

LIVE AT ANDERSON THEATER (DISC 1) Train Kept A Rollin’ 00:00 Mr, You’re A Better Man Than I 03:05 Heart Full Of Soul 08:08 Dazed And Confused 09:55 My Baby 16:05 Over Under Sideways Down 18:54 Drinking Muddy Water 21:11 Shapes of Things 24:07 White Summer 26:39 I’m A Man (contains Moanin’ And Sobbin’) 30:26

STUDIO SKETCHES (DISC 2) Avron Knows 40:45 Spanish Blood 44:36 Knowing That I’m Losing You (Tangerine) 47:52 Taking A Hold On Me 50:46 Drinking Muddy Water (Version Two) 53:49 My Baby 56:38 Avron’s Eyes 59:38 Spanish Blood (Instrumental) 1:02:34